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Field Support

Administrative Team

The Field Education department at Boston College Graduate School of Social Work is composed of Master's Level social workers who have decades of combined social work experience. In addition to the Director and Assistant Director, Field Education Specialists are assigned to work with students to determine the best internship opportunity available, given a student's experience, interests, and goals. Specialists utilize their own practice experiences in advising and supporting students in their selection and development of the practicum. Another primary responsibility of the Field Education team is facilitating the relationships with agency partners, which allow the practice community to inform the curriculum, as well as bring academic expertise to agency efforts at research and innovation.

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All students are assigned a Field Advisor to monitor and support them in their placements. Advisors are part-time faculty and active practitioners in a variety of human services settings. Advisors serve as a liaison between the school, the student, and the affiliated agency to assist in meeting the educational requirements for field education and integrate learning in the classroom and field.

The role of advisors includes the following:

  • Meet with students on a regular basis, individually and/or in a group
  • Provide guidance and educational support
  • Maintain ongoing contact with the field supervisor and agency personnel
  • Review GSSW Field Education assignments, assess student performance, and assign a grade at the end of each semester

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Foundation Year Seminar

The Foundation Year Seminar focuses on effective ways to use the Field structure and requirements, to actively participate in supervision, to adapt to the professional social work role, and to understand the organizational and community context for social work practice. The seminar is for Foundation Year Field students only.

The seminar is structured as follows:

  • Scheduled and facilitated by Field Advisor
  • 5 monthly sessions, each 2 hours in length
  • Students are excused from Field to attend if held on Monday or Tuesday
  • Hosted at agency office, or at Boston College Graduate School of Social Work on the Chestnut Hill campus or the off-campus location in Worcester